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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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  • vicmorris1Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident.  With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle. 
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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • stewartnangle1Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol.  What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones. 
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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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  • michaelwhapples1Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle.  In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia. 

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DS Awards WBecause these are the first awards, naturally there are many people and organisations that deserve recognition, and the process of selecting these inaugural recipients involved a lot of difficult decisions. Those who nominated candidates not selected this year should not be disappointed; there’s always next year, when we may also introduce more categories.

This inaugural list does reflect the fact that smallbore shooting has been the most accessible discipline for a long time. Now that the other main disciplines are working hard to develop accessibility, we are looking forward to a much wider range of nominations in 2014.

For those recipients who were not able to attend the Gala, we hope opportunities can be found for them to receive their awards at local presentations.

Most of the awards were presented by Charlie Blow, who sits on the NSRA Board of Management and the DSP Working Group, and without whom the DSP would never have got off the ground.

 

DSP Awards - Blackburn RPC W

Disabled-Friendly Club – 60+ Members

Blackburn Rifle & Pistol Club – a club that is an excellent example of how a wide range of disabilities can be embraced by the sport.
Award collected by Paul Holdstock on behalf of the club.

 

DSP Awards - SportsAble W

Disabled-Friendly Club – less than 60 members

SportsAble – a club that is totally inclusive, and has been pioneering closer integration of disabled shooters.
Award collected by Chiara Gioni, Kathy Heather, Alan Kenny, Marysia Stone on behalf of the club.

 

 

DSP Awards - Orston SG W

Commercial Target Shooting Venue

Orston Shooting Ground – principal venue of the Disabled Shooters’ Group for over 20 years, and one of the first clay target grounds to take the decision to become disabled-friendly. 
Award collected by Mick Kirby of the DSG.

 

DSP Awards - Galloways Society for the Blind W

Sensory Disabilities Organisation

Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Preston Branch – for its enthusiastic participation in blind/VI target shooting at Blackburn, and at open championships.
Award collected by Lyn Garside on behalf of the society.

 

Intellectual Disabilities Organisation

Sadly, we received news shortly before the Gala that the organisation that had been selected for this award has apparently folded due to local cutbacks. If anyone wishes to nominate another organisation that could receive the award before the end of this year, please let DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall know.

 

DSP Awards - Dwarf Sports Assn UK W

Disability Organisation

Dwarf Sports Association UK – for its remarkable achievement in recruiting and training, in less than two years, a team of competitors that secured eight medals in the air pistol and crossbow events at the 2013 World Dwarf Games.
This award was presented by former National Pistol Coach Tom Redhead.
Award collected by Arthur and Penny Dean, and Pete and Donna Bonner on behalf of the association.

 

DSP Awards - Julie Sperling DSG W

Volunteer Working with Disabled Shooters

Julie Sperling, Chair of the Disabled Shooters’ Group - for her work to encourage, develop and promote disabled clay target shooting.

 

DSP Awards - Olaf Jones W

Volunteer with a Disability

Olaf Jones, National Rifle Association Disability Representative – for his achievements in raising the profile of disabled participation in full-bore shooting, and his work on development of new and wider opportunities for disabled fullbore shooters.
The award was presented by Richard Blackmore, Membership and Training Officer of the NRA.

  

DSP Awards - Alan Kenny W

Coach Working with Disabled Shooters

Alan Kenny, Airgun Section Leader at SportsAble – for being a key member of the airgun coaching and development team at SportsAble, and frequently an ambassador for disabled target shooting.

 

DSP Awards - Keith Morriss W

Coach with a Disability

Keith Morriss – for his remarkable achievement in being the only disabled person in the world to qualify as an ISSF coach, and his work with both disabled and non-disabled shooters at all levels of the sport.

 

DSP Awards - Spencer Owens W

Disabled Shooter – Junior

Spencer Owens – who has overcome severe disabilities to take up target shooting at Purbeck Shooting School, and has inspired their commitment to disabled participation in clay target and field target shooting.

 

DSP Awards - Vic Morris W

Disabled Shooter – Senior

Vic Morris – the tetraplegic shooter who inspired and supported the creation of the Disabled Shooting Project, has achieved success in national level inclusive competitions, and does a great deal to help other disabled shooters.

 

DSP Awards - Tim Jeffery W

Disabled International Shooter – Junior

Tim Jeffery, DTSGB – who was an important ambassador for disabled shooting in the Scout movement, and is now a rising star in Paralympic shooting after success in his first full year as an international.

 

DSP Awards - Michael Whapples W

Disabled International Shooter – Senior

Michael Whapples, Holwell RC – the leading blind shooter who in 2011 became the first British competitor in the European Blind Championships, and who is contributing to development of acoustic shooting by assisting in the drafting of both domestic and international rules.

 

DSP Awards - Matt Skelhon W

Special Awards

Matt Skelhon, DTSGB – whose success at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games is inspiring many disabled people, particularly youngsters, to take up the sport.

 

DSP Awards - Stephanie Park W

Stephanie Park – a posthumous award for her very significant contribution to the development of disabled target shooting in Britain.
The recipient is her son Daniel Park, whose video message of acceptance can be viewed on the DSP’s YouTube channel.
The award was collected by Keith Morriss, who knew and worked with Stephanie for many years.
 
DSP Awards - John Kelman W

John Kelman – for his work over many years developing outstandingly innovative equipment that enables severely disabled people to participate fully in the sport, in addition to his work as coach and mentor.

 

DSP Awards - Ken Nash W

Outstanding Individual Contribution to Disabled Target Shooting

Ken Nash, NSRA – for establishing and nurturing the discipline of blind/VI target shooting in Britain, including personally setting up 30 facilities from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles, all of which has been done as voluntary work for the benefit of the sport.
Fittingly, this award was presented by Michael Whapples, who was heard to remark that it made a change for him to be presenting something to Ken, instead of the other way round!

Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

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survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
More information

Disability Awareness

For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.